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Check Out Lyn Mack’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lyn Mack.

Hi Lyn, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
The pandemic was hard for many of us, but for a single mom suffering from a decade+ long depression, it was significantly harder. There were moments when I felt like life was suffocating me, and honestly, if it wasn’t for my children, I don’t know that I would still be here. Realizing I needed an outlet, I decided to start my first blog – eclectic in November 2020. I wrote anonymously about things going on in my life, and was genuinely surprised when people reached out with stories of their own and well wishes during my healing process. The fact that these people didn’t know me at all, but found the kindest words to say to me was something I didn’t know I needed until I had it. It was a different kind of comfort to connect with these strangers and share our experiences, they were helping me on my journey & my blog was helping them on theirs. A few months after I started eclectic, I decided to expand my online presence and made awesome autistics in February 2021. My second blog was meant to provide the same sense of guidance and community as eclectic, but was specifically geared towards families blessed with an awesome autistic. I wanted to share the things I’ve learned as an autism mom and also hear from other families who may have something to teach me. I loved every bit of my journey, from the research, to the writing, to the connections I’ve made. So many genuine connections that have blossomed into the most beautiful friendships that I will forever be grateful for! Blogging makes me happy, but I knew there was more I wanted to do. In February 2022, I launched my third blog, the kulture kink, As a black woman trying to leave my mark on the world, I quickly learned that there are so many spaces that we cannot be 100% authentically ourselves – I wanted to change that. The Kulture Kink is a place where BIPOC-LGBTQIA+ people can express themselves EXACTLY as they are, and knows that they are accepted unconditionally as themselves.

In the last couple of months, I’ve partnered with a betrayal and trauma therapist as the social media manager and virtual assistant – heading the day to day maintenance of her blog and website. I have also partnered with small business owner, Arie (krunchymamamade) to bring my audience custom apparel ‘for the culture, by the culture’. This is just the next step of many on my journey, I have so many plans for my future and I will do whatever it takes to see them come to fruition. At the end of the day, my main goals are to build an empire for my children and connect creatives around the world in a way that not many have done before. I have an unwavering confidence in myself and what I can do, and I want to show people that there isn’t ONE way to do life. I have always done things ‘out of order’ according to the social ‘norm’ and I will continue to break barriers, uplift the masses and show people that with work and ambition, anything you want is possible.

I also have a side hustle on fiverr creating logos, business cards, social media promotional content, etc for small businesses, bloggers and authors. It’s a nice change of pace from my day to day work and I genuinely enjoy reading my clients thoughts on the products I create for them. The feeling I get when I see the work I’ve created being put to use is indescribable. I love knowing that I was a small part of so many entrepreneurs making their mark in the world and sharing the expanse of their creativity.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I first started blogging, I was so focused on finding a niche. So many people told me that I needed to narrow down my content and stick to one thing in my posts, but that didn’t feel right to me. Eclectic talks about mental health, parenting and dating with depression. I also have some of my own poetry and short stories available for people to read. I talk about entertainment that influenced me, social causes that move me, and so much more. I don’t ever want to limit myself, and I’m glad I didn’t listen to the people who advised me to.

I also had to learn to open myself up in a very vulnerable way. It felt very hypocritical to ask my readers to dig deep within knowing I wasn’t doing the same. Looking back, I see the shift in my writing as I allowed myself to be… me.

Juggling three blogs and now two additional projects can be overwhelming sometimes. There are moments when I feel like I’m not doing enough, and that can make it very easy to get discouraged. I am lucky to be surrounded by people who stand by my side and give me all the support I need to keep going. I’ve learned a few tricks – like scheduling blog posts and social media posts – that have made finding a balance much easier.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Blogging was my main creative outlet for over a year. I stepped away from my 9-5 job, and dedicating myself wholly and fully to building my brand and finding what’s meant for me. Now that I’ve stepped into the these new roles as social media manager, content creator and virtual assistant, I feel like I have a new purpose, and I can’t wait to integrate all these aspects of my life and really start building my empire.

I don’t know if I specialize in any one thing – I am a mental health advocate, an imperfect parent, a friend and a confidant. I recognize that life has blessed me and put me in places I believe I am meant to be, and I want to pay that forward the best way I can. I use my platforms to uplift the voices of individuals who feel they aren’t being heard. I advocate for my people and others who face the same prejudices as me because we deserve better. Even as I continue to find new ways to expand and build on my brand, I never lose sight of the people I do this for. My collaboration with krunchymamamade will donate proceeds to programs and initiatives around the world. We will combat homelessness, help fund programs that help single mothers and LGBTQIA+ people that have no support, contribute to foundations that highlight and uplift Black culture, etc. My ideas are endless, and as long as I have the means to do so, I will continue to support those in need, because I remember what it was like to feel helpless, as though the world was against me.

I also do my part to rewrite the narratives for my children. I want them to know they have choices, they have the freedom to be whoever they need to be, I want them to know how beautiful they are, how smart they are, how WORTHY they are. I want them to know that they deserve just as much as anyone else, if not more. I want to look at everything I am doing, and be a part of this journey, be present in our movement. My kids make bags of non-perishable food and other supplies (hand sanitizer, band aids, clothes, etc) for the homeless in Baltimore. We ride through the city and pass out bags every month, and it fills me with so much pride to know that I have raised them to be so compassionate and selfless. They are my inspiration, they will continue to inspire me to put the best of myself into the world and make whatever change I can for those around me.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Baltimore is so culturally beautiful. As a girl from the south (Charleston, SC) and being faced with exact opposite of ‘southern hospitality’ to moving here and meeting people who just genuinely want to support and uplift one another. During the protests, I saw people of all backgrounds come together for a cause.

Also, Baltimore has some of the best sushi restaurants and diners I’ve ever been to in my life. The fact that I can park my car at the Inner Harbor, walk around, and find a little bit of everything while I explore is amazing. There are also very nice hiking trails, my family’s favorite being Patapsco State Park.

If I had to pick something to dislike about Baltimore, it would have to be the lack of initiative to correct the homelessness issue. Life happens to the best and worst of us, but that doesn’t mean they are undeserving of help. I wish that instead of building these apartment complexes that people cannot afford, more shelters should be built. The city should be finding a way to help these people get back on their feet. Build centers that can help these people transition back into the working world. Provide a place for them to get their life back on track. Maybe I need to do more research, but from what I’ve seen in the five years I’ve lived here, I believe Baltimore could be doing more to support their people.

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